Whats a good Jig Head size

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Tue Feb 14, 2017 9:37 pm

Learning to use Soft Bait now but little confused which size Jig Heads to use. I have seen there are different weights and size hooks and different types of Jig Heads on trademe.
I have brought some Squid Vicious 6" and Blue Sparkle jerkshad baits5" Orange paddle tail baits 3.5" and thinking of buying Zman Jerkshad 5" Bruised Banana.
What is good size Jig Head and hook for these Soft Baits for drift Fishing of Sunkist Bay Beachlands area's. Thanks

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Tue Feb 14, 2017 10:32 pm

3/8oz & 1/4oz

6" tails might be slightly large for the area

15 or 20lb fluoro trace and finding a braid that plays nicely is always fun

ps - if you think the trace recommendation is a bit light, it is a matter of luck; if a decent snapper's teeth come down square on 50lb they will crush it like a 10 tonne press would, so i think you might as well go light to improve your presentation & accept the risk that you may lose a fish or two now & then. inspect after each fish & re-tie if necessary
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Wed Feb 15, 2017 1:04 pm

I tend to fish largely shallow waters rather than deep. Water depth is probably the largest driver for jig head size but wind, current and what your fishing over all come into play. As usual the key is enough weight to get it down at a speed that imitates a natural action, but not so much weight that is sinks at a ridiculous speed. ideally you be getting a good proportion of hits on the drop as well as during retrieve.

For depths under 8-10m I tend to default to ¼ oz. From 8-14 I tend to fish 3/8 oz and 5/8 oz from 12-18m. Anything deeper than 20-25m is not the norm for me but start to have a look 1oz plus jig heads.

Interesting to see what others have to say.

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Wed Feb 15, 2017 6:45 pm

Thanks guys will most likely grab Nitro Saltwater Pro Jig Heads 1/4 5/0 5 Jigs Per PK $11.99 and a PKT Zman Jerkshad 5" Bruised Banana $14.95 from topcatch Papakura on trademe and they do combine postage.
Also I will use a lighter mono trace for better soft bait action in the water as the trace I am using is heavy.
So hopefully will catch some fish as only been catching Jack mackerels on the sabiki which I used for bait and I take any more Jack mackerel or sprats home to eat as better than no fish.
I catch to many Hammer Heads of Sunkist bay so soft bait will stop this now. Caught about 10 so far this year on Jack mackerel and last one was over 1.5 mtrs long. Fun but can not take them home to eat.
Thanks for the tips.

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Wed Feb 15, 2017 6:57 pm

Given where you are fishing, in my view 3/0 is the largest jig size hook you want and 2/0 and 1/0 are more suitable at times, e.g. Winter
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Wed Feb 15, 2017 7:06 pm

I don't do an awful lot of softbaiting, but have gradually scaled my hook size down to 1/0. These work well with the 4inch Zman curly tails that I normally use. I generally use 3/8 or 1/2 oz jig heads, but as others have said, weight is dependent on a number of factors.
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Wed Feb 15, 2017 7:28 pm

ok thanks smaller hook is the go then. Of topic a little can I use two rods to soft bait with. Thinking one rod can drift above the bottom and the other I can cast with e.t.c. Can I catch fish with the rod just drifting above the bottom.

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Wed Feb 15, 2017 7:59 pm

13 wrote:ok thanks smaller hook is the go then. Of topic a little can I use two rods to soft bait with. Thinking one rod can drift above the bottom and the other I can cast with e.t.c. Can I catch fish with the rod just drifting above the bottom.
Sure can. I caught a lot of fish in Auckland using this technique. You can also put a slow jig on the rod that is sat in the holder.
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Wed Feb 15, 2017 8:12 pm

I use a Lucanus or Slider on my 'other' rod. Picks up a reasonable number of fish just sitting in the holder just above the bottom. I use the Ocean Angler Lightbulbs in 1/4 or 3/8 oz weights


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Wed Feb 15, 2017 8:31 pm

I pretty much exclusively use Berkley Nitro Stealth Jig head in 1/2oz 1|0 that's for everything from 3m right up to 60m and softbaits from 2" up to 7" but my go to size is 5" shad shape :y:
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